Fish Fillet Sandwich – A True Happy Meal!
How many nights in your week are played like this?
- Fly in from hauling kiddos to piano lessons, the gas station, library & the grocery store
- No yummy smells from a pre-planned & cooked meal are greeting us as we come in the kitchen
- Kids are hungry
- Dinner time is in 5 minutes
- Didn’t buy anything at the groc. for dinner ((oops))
- The gutter repair people ring the doorbell as I am rushing to throw something in the oven
But I can’t stop with fish – I have a compulsion to make an entire meal, not just a protein. So I whipped up a simple homemade tartar sauce, using 2 scant T of lite mayo & low-fat buttermilk as the base. ((It became the star of the meal — so good!))
Using some of my fresh herbs, capers, a pickle spear and a few dashes of lemon pepper – I whipped up a fresh tartar sauce even the kiddos liked!
Another one of my favorite freezer staples in Sister Schubert’s Dinner Rolls. I love the pretzel rolls, wheat dinner rolls, sweet Hawaiian rolls are also tasty! ((Actually the entire line of Sister Schubert’s Rolls are delicious — the pan cinnamon rolls make my mouth water just thinking about them…))
The fish takes 18 minutes to bake according to the package directions – and in 19 minutes dinner is served. ((REALLY!)) Once the sauce is made ((which I mix together while the fish is in the oven)) and the fish is perfectly baked hot & crisp – time to assemble!
This meal – is one of my family’s “Happy Meals”!
- the kiddos love this meal ((no tears))
- the momma loves that the kiddos love it
- it is a great ‘fast meal’ option without eating fast-food!
- the mom & dad love it too
- oh – and clean-up is a breeze!
Keeping a few items stocked in your freezer can help keep your family around the dinner table on those busy nights! I hope this recipe and these freezer food suggestions will help you out the next time you need a ‘fast food happy meal’ at your dinner table.
- 10-12 Sister Schubert's rolls (I used the original yeast dinner roll)
- 10-12 Beer battered Cod fillets
- 5-6 slices of cheddar cheese (I used a sharp cheddar)
- 2 (scant) T Hellman's light mayonnaise
- 6 oz low-fat buttermilk
- 1 T capers, finely chopped
- 1 dill pickle spear, finely diced
- 2 T fresh dill, finely chopped
- 1 T fresh chives, finely chopped
- 1 T fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1/2 t lemon pepper seasoning blend (more or less to taste)
- 1/2 t steakhouse seasoning blend (McCorminck's Montreal steak seasoning is my favorite)
- Bake fish according to package directions. Heat rolls according to package directions*. In a small mixing bowl, combine all of the tartar sauce ingredients. Once the fish is done baking & the rolls are heated, remove from the oven. Slice the rolls almost in half, but keep the top attached to the bottom. Place a piece of fish inside the roll, top with half of a cheese slice (I halved them diagonally) and a dollop of tartar sauce. Serve with fresh fruit and a side of chips.
- I just popped the rolls onto the bottom rack of the oven during the last 2 minutes of the fish baking time.